You ain't nothing in the mobile game these days unless you've got a big new operating system update in the pipelines.
In Nokia's case that update isn't Symbian Anna, which is as of now still only barely here, but Symbian Belle, the next-gen update to the unloved OS which some reckon has taken more than a couple of cues from Android.
Ironically, Nokia looked long and hard at Android before opting to go with Windows Phone instead in choosing Symbian's eventual replacement back in February.
Until the giant WinPho balloon is fully inflated and looming large over Espoo, though, Symbian still has a job to do. And hot on Anna's heels to do that job will be Symbian Belle, another incremental step for the OS and one we've been hearing an increasing amount about lately.
By that we're talking about the quartet of handsets leaked recently which are expected to give Belle her grand debut around the end of the year, but a couple of Belle's more interesting features have just been flagged up after being incorporated into the Symbian Design Guidelines for developers.
According to ElectricPig, Belle's big party trick will be a take on Android's famed pull-down notification system, taking in a sprinkling of iOS to deliver a full pull-down menu of notifications, updates and shortcuts.
Also new will be the introduction of Android-esque dialogue boxes for carrying out small subtasks, while open applications are described as “living” one level above the “homescreen”, with a “Task Switcher” to hop between them or close them down.
It's an interesting point, though as the recent Apple vs the world argument over the term “app store” proves, the fact that other people choose to follow your example simply proves you're doing something right.
And either way, Symbian will still be Symbian underneath – for better or worse. The fact that Belle is coming so soon after Anna indicates it's hardly going to be a huge overhaul to magically transform the OS into an Android clone, plus given that it'll be heading out over the air to all the existing Symbian^3 handsets restricst the amount of OS surgery that is actually possible.